Better Eating, Better Learning


Better Eating, Better Learning

Following on from the success of the School Garden and becoming one of the top 3 finalists in the Better Eating Better Learning Competition, Education Scotland visited St Joseph’s recently to see an example of good practice in relation to education and catering working together to improve children’s food experiences.

Please click on the link below to see the video and find out more.

World Book Day (again!)

As the weather rudely interrupted our action packed World Book Week, we will be rescheduling all activities for this coming week, with the exception of the author’s visit, as she is not available this week.

Here is a run down of what will be happening from Wednesday onwards:

Wednesday – Scavenger hunt

Period 1 (first half) – P7 to take P6

Period 1 (second half) – P7 to take P5

Period 2 (first half) – P7 to take P4

Period 2 (second half) – P7 to take P3

Period 3 (first half) – P7 to take P2

Period 3 (second half) – P7 to take P1

Please ensure all children have a jacket on as this will be both inside and outside.

Thursday – Quiz and Where’s Wally

Period 3 (first half) – St John Ogilvie Quiz

Period 3 (second half) – St Mungo Quiz

Period 4 (first half) – St Margaret of Scotland Quiz

Period 4 (second half) – St Columba Quiz

Please ask all children to wear their stripes (hat and glasses optional) on Thursday for Where’s Wally.  Teachers to wear stripes, too.

Mrs Martin will visit all classes to take a Where’s Wally photo.


Friday – Book Booth

Children will be able to visit the Book Booth in the GP room at lunch time to record what their book confession is.  These will be tweeted to share with parents and other followers.


Remember, the book token competition, Where’s Wally book cover competition, and bookmark art are running all week.


Following advice from the Scottish Government, East Renfrewshire Council are closing all schools tomorrow Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Neither staff or pupils should attend.

Updates will continue to be posted on school website and twitter.


Due to the weather forecast this week please find information below.

St Joseph’s will monitor the situation and will update the website and Twitter.

Dear Parent/Carer

In the event of severe weather conditions, Head Teachers are guided by the Education Department’s Standard Circular 10b. Following an assessment of the situation, in consultation with relevant staff in the Education Department, a decision will be made on whether or not to close the school. If an emergency closure of the school is to be carried out, the following procedures will take place:

  • We will contact the transport providers to ensure that the school buses and taxis will be available. If they are not, pupils will need to wait in school to be collected by parents.
  • We will send a text to the main contact on your child’s record.
  • We will put information on the school’s website about the arrangements for the closure. There will also be up to date information on ERC’s Twitter page. It is really important that in any severe weather, parents and carers make every effort to regularly monitor the ERC and school websites. These websites will be regularly updated with any important information.
  • At this point we will start to evacuate the school.
  • Parents who arrive at the school will be greeted at the main entrance by a member of staff who will then arrange for the child/children to join them and be taken home.
  • If we have not heard from parents/carers of remaining children, we will attempt to contact other emergency contacts on their record.

In very extreme circumstances, some pupils may not be able to get home and may have to remain in school beyond the school day. This situation will be discussed with parents and, with support of senior school staff and the Education Department; pupils will be accommodated in school until arrangements are put in place for their safe transport home.

When the school has been safely closed, we will liaise with the Education Department on subsequent arrangements. At the earliest opportunity, we will then carry out an assessment of the conditions for re-opening the school. Arrangements for re-opening the school will be communicated to parents via the school’s website and other local media.

Should the school require to be closed for more than one day, information will be posted on the school’s website to allow pupils to continue their learning.

Hopefully we will not need to put these arrangements in place. However, we trust you will find the information helpful and I ask that you ensure your child/children know what arrangements you have made in the event of school closure.

For any updates on school closures in severe weather please check East Renfrewshire Council Twitter at

Yours sincerely

S Martin

Head Teacher

Beep Beep

Beep Beep! Days are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce children to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake.

You can register for your free e-pack or purchase a bumper pack for just £12.60 (per 50 children)! The pack includes colouring sheets, posters, laminated activity cards, road map and A2 activity poster, certificates, stickers, balloons and our new themed resources.

For more information visit

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On Wednesday 13 June, thousands of children aged 4-11 from across the country will put their best feet forward to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking.

This project aims to inspire and engage children about the dangers they face and help Brake call on grown-ups to make their streets safer.

Register now to receive a free action pack full of posters, lesson plans and activities.



Football Festival

Last night St Joseph’s were asked to take part in a Football Festival at Williamwood.

All players  were commended by organiser for their conduct and good play.

6 teams took part

Busby A /Busby B /Netherlee A/ Netherlee B/ Carolside /St Joseph’s

Our results were as follows

Team   Team  
St Joseph’s 4 Netherlee (A) 1
Carolside 1 St Joseph’s 3
St Joseph’s 2 Busby (A) 3
St Joseph’s 4 Netherlee 0
St Joseph’s 4 Busby (B) 0
St Joseph’s 0 Busby (A) 0

Well done St Joseph’s

Modern Languages in St Joseph’s

1+2 Modern Languages In St Joseph’s

French is taught in all classes throughout the school – ask your child what vocabulary they are learning this month!

We currently have a French foreign language assistant who helps out in P7 French lessons once a fortnight. Ambré also holds a French Language and Culture club for P6 and 7 pupils in Room 2 (P7b)12:35-1:25pm on the weeks she is here.


Anne, our German language assistant has been working with P5 each week and will be spending a few weeks in P4. She has been running a weekly lunchtime club for P4 and 5 pupils in the P4b classroom.


We have organised for a Portuguese assistant, Madalena to join us on the weeks of our Wednesday masterclass sessions – she will work with Miss Fusaro to deliver a P5-7 cooking masterclass that has a Portuguese flavour and the children who participate will also learn some new vocabulary in the process, as well as develop some knowledge about Portuguese culture.

Madalena will also provide a lunchtime language and culture club for pupils in P4-7  from 12:35-1pm on the following dates:

Wed 28 Feb, Wed 7,  14, 21 March


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